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The Science Scene is your one-stop source for events, activities, and other opportunities to experience science, technology, engineering and math happening across the metro area. The calendar includes links to information about workshops, films, Maker meetups, school-break camps, and more organized by institutions and people across the metro region. If you have an event that you’d like to promote here, please complete this form.

September 2018

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Basic Python Programming for Middle School Students

Cumming Library - Forsyth County Public Library
Sunday, 09/23/2018 — Sunday, 09/30/2018
2:00pm - 3:15pm

Workshop

Come join us for four classes of basic programming in Python, a powerful programming language used in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. We will cover the basics of Python through exercises and projects. Recommended for students in grades 6th to 8th. Previous coding experience is not required. Registered participants are expected to attend all four classes as each class will build on previous lessons.

Space is limited. Please call 770-781-9840 EX. 9919 to register.

COST: Free with adv registration

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TOPIC(S): Technology

AUDIENCE(S): Teens (13-18 yrs)

Atlanta Audobon Society Monthly Meeting

Manuel's Tavern
Sunday, 09/23/2018 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Meetup

Our monthly meetings are free and open to the public. Please join us! Free parking is readily available to the south of the building. Food and drinks are available for purchase. Topics and activities vary each month. Check the website for my details.

COST: Free

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TOPIC(S): Nature & Environment Life Sciences

AUDIENCE(S): Adults

Adult 3D Printing Candle Holders

Museum of Design Atlanta
Sunday, 09/23/2018 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Workshop

Whether you’re a wiz-kid on the computer or haven’t so much as opened a spreadsheet in eons, we will walk you through the basics of a browser-based 3D modeling program called Tinkercad. You’ll learn all you’ll need to know to 3D model an awesome design to dazzle your friends with. By the end of the class your candle holder will be ready to go to print, and in just one week you’ll be able to pick it up at MODA.

This workshop is appropriate for ages 16+.

COST: $35 for non-members, $30 for MODA members.

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TOPIC(S): Technology Visual and Performing Arts

AUDIENCE(S): Adults

Evening River Canoe Trip with the CNC

Chattahoochee Nature Center
Sunday, 09/23/2018 — Sunday, 10/21/2018
5:00pm - 8:00pm

Public Event

The Chattahoochee River is calling! Take an urban adventure and experience wildlife through a 2 ½ hour paddle down the ‘Hooch. Our experienced and knowledgeable river guides lead the way on the river to see the sights and sounds of fall. Discover the plants and animals that call this area home and explore the river’s backwaters as you re-imagine the river through a canoeing experience.

CNC provides all equipment for participants. Ages 6+. Registration required.

COST: $30 General Public / $25 CNC Members (per person)

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TOPIC(S): Nature & Environment

AUDIENCE(S): Families (kids & adults together) Adults

Monday, September 24, 2018

Pendulum Art

Five Forks Branch - Gwinnett County Public Library
Monday, 09/24/2018 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Workshop

See physics in action and make some art to take home at our pendulum art program.

Intended for grades 6-12

COST: Free

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TOPIC(S): Physics Visual and Performing Arts

AUDIENCE(S): Teens (13-18 yrs)

When Will We Find E.T. and What Happens If We Do?

Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons @ Georgia Tech (Room 152)
Monday, 09/24/2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Talk

Are we alone in the universe? The scientific hunt for extraterrestrial intelligence is now well into its fifth decade, and we still haven’t discovered any cosmic company. Could all this mean that finding biology beyond Earth, even if it exists, is a project for the ages – one that might take centuries or longer? (SETI = search for extraterrestrial intelligence.)

COST: Free

Full Details

TOPIC(S): Earth & Space Science

AUDIENCE(S): Adults

Wildlife Wonders

Cumming Library - Forsyth County Public Library
Monday, 09/24/2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Public Event

Explore the jungle and find some of the amazing animals that live there with Wildlife Wonders! Program may include: kinkajou, armadillo, chinchilla, lizards, crocodile, snakes, and jungle bugs! Space in this program is limited.

Arrive early to secure your spot. Tickets will be handed out beginning 30 minutes prior to the program.

COST: Free

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TOPIC(S): Life Sciences

AUDIENCE(S): Children (5-12 yrs)

Build Your Own Video Game! Fall Break Activity for Tweens

Kennesaw Library - Cobb County Public Libraries
Monday, 09/24/2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

School Break Camp

Don’t just sit on the couch playing video games all fall break–design your own! This program will introduce you to Bloxels, a 13-bit game builder that helps you create the old-school video game of your dreams!

Registration is required for this program and space is limited to 10 participants, so don’t wait to sign up! For ages 8-11.

COST: Free with adv registration

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TOPIC(S): Technology

AUDIENCE(S): Children (5-12 yrs)

Make It Monday

Decatur Makers
Monday, 09/24/2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Makers

We're a social group for women who make things. From bloggers, to seamstresses, to designers, to developers, to welders and DIYers. We welcome any women who consider themselves makers, as well as the people who support them.

Every last Monday of the month

COST: Free

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TOPIC(S): Makers

AUDIENCE(S): Adults

React Design Pattersn

General Assembly
Monday, 09/24/2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Talk

If you are comfortable with essential React concepts such as components, state vs. props, and JSX but are looking to up your game, the next step is design thinking in React. This talk will cover React patterns that emerge from it’s compositional nature. We’ll discuss what it means when we talk about the component hierarchy, we’ll break down what Higher-Order Components are, and uncover the abstraction behind these designs. You’ll leave with a deeper understanding of the functional programming paradigms that are present in React and how to use that to write cleaner code with fewer side-effects in React

COST: Free

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TOPIC(S): Technology

AUDIENCE(S): Adults

STEAM Club

Powder Spring Springs Library - Cobb County Public Libraries
Monday, 09/24/2018 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Public Event

Join us for our STEAM Club: having fun with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. For ages 9-14! Themes vary each week.

COST: Free

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TOPIC(S): STEAM

AUDIENCE(S): Children (5-12 yrs)

When Will We Find E.T. and What Happens If We Do?

Georgia Tech
Monday, 09/24/2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Public Event

Are we alone in the universe? The scientific hunt for extraterrestrial intelligence is now well into its fifth decade, and we still haven’t discovered any cosmic company. Could all this mean that finding biology beyond Earth, even if it exists, is a project for the ages – one that might take centuries or longer? New approaches and new technology for detecting sentient beings elsewhere suggest that there is good reason to expect that we could uncover evidence of sophisticated civilizations – the type of aliens we see in the movies and on TV – within a few decades. But why now, and what sort of evidence can we expect? And how will that affect humanity? Also, if we do find E.T., what would be the societal impact of learning that something, or someone, is out there?

Parking: https://pts.gatech.edu/visitors

COST: Free

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TOPIC(S): Earth & Space Science

AUDIENCE(S): Families (kids & adults together)

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Oh Snap! Circuits

Dacula Branch - Gwinnett County Public Library
Tuesday, 09/25/2018 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Public Event

Join us as the Dacula Branch to learn about the basics of electronics and circuitry with Snap Circuits!

COST: Free

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TOPIC(S): Engineering

AUDIENCE(S): Children (5-12 yrs) Teens (13-18 yrs)

Whip Up a Moon-Like Crater

Centerville Branch - Gwinnett County Public Library
Tuesday, 09/25/2018 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Workshop

Ever wonder how the Moon got so many craters? Learn about the composition of asteroids as you build a model of one. Then see what kind of crater your asteroid makes in a simulated Moon surface!

Intended for grades 6-12

COST: Free

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TOPIC(S): Earth & Space Science

AUDIENCE(S): Teens (13-18 yrs)

Solar Robots

Dacula Branch - Gwinnett County Public Library
Tuesday, 09/25/2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Workshop

Put your engineering skills to the test and build a solar robot!

COST: Free

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TOPIC(S): Engineering Robotics

AUDIENCE(S): Teens (13-18 yrs)

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Teen Night: Doc Atoms

Cumming Library - Forsyth County Public Library
Wednesday, 09/26/2018 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Public Event

Teens! Join us for a special Teen Night with Doc Atoms. Come explore some messy, explosive, incredible science with the awesome-tastic mad scientist Doc Atoms!

All teen programs are for grades 6-12 only

COST: Free

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TOPIC(S): STEM

AUDIENCE(S): Teens (13-18 yrs)

Mobile Dairy Classroom

Hampton Park Library - Forsyth County Public Library
Wednesday, 09/26/2018 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Public Event

The Mobile Dairy Classroom is a dynamic and fun educational program operated by the Agricultural Commodity Commission for Milk. We will have a 30 ft. Mobile Dairy Classroom featuring a fully operational milking parlor containing a live cow used for milking and feeding demonstrations. Join us at Hampton Park to gain a better understanding of where milk comes from, how it is processed, the healthy benefits of consuming dairy products and dairy farmers' management of natural resources.

COST: Free

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TOPIC(S): Life Sciences Health & Medicine

AUDIENCE(S): Families (kids & adults together)

3rd Annual Urban BioBlitz

Outdoor Activity Center
Wednesday, 09/26/2018 - 10:00am to 8:00pm

Public Event

Join us for this biological surveying event where environmental experts, school groups, and community scientists work together in identifying as many species as possible within our urban forest.

This is a great event for schools, home school groups, parents and kids, college students, or interested community members of all ages! We are asking that you please be available for AT LEAST 2 60 minute sessions.

COST: Free with adv registration

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TOPIC(S): Life Sciences Nature & Environment

AUDIENCE(S): Teens (13-18 yrs) Families (kids & adults together)

Open Build Night

Decatur Makers
Wednesday, 09/26/2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Makers

We are now hosting open build nights on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 7 PM. These nights are open to members and non-members so if you're interested in checking out the space, come on by. Bring a project you'd like to work on, meet others who have the same passion or can help out, and/or work on one of our Decatur Maker projects du jour.

This is for makers of all ages, skill sets, and interests. Stop by, stay hi, and stay for the making.

COST: Free

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TOPIC(S): Makers

AUDIENCE(S): Families (kids & adults together) Adults

Family Build NIght

Decatur Makers
Wednesday, 09/26/2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Makers

Family build night is geared towards our littlest makers, age 6-10 and their adults. All projects supplies are free. But donations are welcome. This is a drop-in event. Come for the whole time or just a bit. Bring your dinner and hang out if that helps you get here!

Parents/Guardians must stay at Decatur Makers with their kiddos. It is FAMILY Build night after all.

COST: Donations are welcome

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TOPIC(S): Makers

AUDIENCE(S): Families (kids & adults together)

Middle Home School Program at Autrey Mill

Autrey Mill
Wednesday, 09/26/2018 — Wednesday, 10/24/2018
10:00am - 2:00pm

Homeschooling Programming

Our homeschool curriculum provides an exciting learning experience developed to really engage students in the study of topics combining environmental studies, nature, history, and science. This season's overarching theme is Tall Tales!

Ages 9-13. Each class stands on its own, so attend one, all or several.

COST: $25 members/ $30 non-members

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TOPIC(S): Life Sciences Nature & Environment

AUDIENCE(S): Children (5-12 yrs)

Sphero Wars Coding Camp

Sharon Forks Library - Forsyth County Public Library
Wednesday, 09/26/2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Public Event

Join us for Sphero Wars! Use the force and coding to program Sphero to destroy the Death Star, then work together to build a space maze and race through the galaxy to escape Darth Vader and join the Rebellion!

This program is for children in grades 3-5. Space is limited. Each class curriculum builds on the last so attendees must attend all three sessions. Please call the library at 770-781-9840 ext. 6 for Sharon Forks to register.

COST: Free with adv registration

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TOPIC(S): Technology

AUDIENCE(S): Children (5-12 yrs)

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Sphero Wars Coding Camp

Sharon Forks Library - Forsyth County Public Library
Thursday, 09/27/2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Public Event

Join us for Sphero Wars! Use the force and coding to program Sphero to destroy the Death Star, then work together to build a space maze and race through the galaxy to escape Darth Vader and join the Rebellion!

This program is for children in grades 3-5. Space is limited. Each class curriculum builds on the last so attendees must attend all three sessions. Please call the library at 770-781-9840 ext. 6 for Sharon Forks to register.

COST: Free with adv registration

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TOPIC(S): Technology

AUDIENCE(S): Children (5-12 yrs)

Science Cafe: Scientific Advances with Darwin’s ‘Most Wonderful Plants in the World’

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Thursday, 09/27/2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Talk

Aaron M. Ellison is the Senior Research Fellow in Ecology in Harvard’s Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, a Senior Ecologist at the Harvard Forest, and a semi-professional photographer and writer. He works with forests, wetlands, ants, and carnivorous plant communities to study the disintegration and reassembly of ecosystems following natural and anthropogenic disturbances.

COST: Free with admission

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TOPIC(S): Nature & Environment Life Sciences

AUDIENCE(S): Adults

Take A Child Outside (TACO) Week: A Morning in the Forest

Blue Heron Nature Preserve
Thursday, 09/27/2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Public Event

Mornings at the Preserve are such a special time to explore and play in the woods- we want to share our love of the outdoors with our youngest participants and their adult family or friends! Join our educators for a morning play group designed specifically for the interests of kids ages 1 through 4. We will spend time in our Children's Garden, take a walk in the woods, and dig in the dirt to see what we can find!

COST: Children 4-12 $5 / Adults $10

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TOPIC(S): Nature & Environment

AUDIENCE(S): Preschool (0-4 yrs)

STEAM Rollers Book Club

Cumming Library - Forsyth County Public Library
Thursday, 09/27/2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Public Event

This book club is for children in grades 3 - 6. Join us to discuss the book and then do a STEAMy craft or activity related to the book. This month we will be discussing The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.

Registration is not required, but space is limited. Please arrive early for the program and obtain a ticket.

COST: Free

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TOPIC(S): STEAM

AUDIENCE(S): Children (5-12 yrs)

Astronomy for Everyone: Size & Scale of the Universe

Hampton Park Library - Forsyth County Public Library
Thursday, 09/27/2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Public Event

This family-friendly presentation will bring the beauty and harmony of the universe! We will take a virtual tour through the cosmos and explore the universe from the very small to the very large!

This program is for children, ages 8 and up, and their families. Registration is not required, but space is limited. Please arrive earlyprogram.

COST: Free

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TOPIC(S): Earth & Space Science

AUDIENCE(S): Families (kids & adults together)

Friday, September 28, 2018

Sphero Wars Coding Camp

Sharon Forks Library - Forsyth County Public Library
Friday, 09/28/2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Public Event

Join us for Sphero Wars! Use the force and coding to program Sphero to destroy the Death Star, then work together to build a space maze and race through the galaxy to escape Darth Vader and join the Rebellion!

This program is for children in grades 3-5. Space is limited. Each class curriculum builds on the last so attendees must attend all three sessions. Please call the library at 770-781-9840 ext. 6 for Sharon Forks to register.

COST: Free with adv registration

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TOPIC(S): Technology

AUDIENCE(S): Children (5-12 yrs)

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Adopt a Stream Workshop

Autrey Mill
Saturday, 09/29/2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Public Event

Adopt a Stream Workshop participants leave a jam packed day with the tools they need to conduct a successful Chemical Stream Survey according to AAS Guidelines. This hands on interpretive class spans a basic vocabulary of water science with a new emphasis on hands on learning.

Training is open to participants 11 years and up. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an registered adult.

COST: Free for members / $5 non members

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TOPIC(S): Life Sciences Nature & Environment

AUDIENCE(S): Adults

Community Walk & Talk at Cascade Springs

Cascade Springs Nature Preserve
Saturday, 09/29/2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Public Event

Join the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance as we highlight another neighborhood greenspace, Cascade Springs Nature Preserve.

COST: Free with adv registration

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TOPIC(S): Nature & Environment

AUDIENCE(S): Families (kids & adults together) Adults

Girl Scout Day

Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Saturday, 09/29/2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

Public Event

Explore Fernbank Museum and work toward Scout requirements during this special programming day. Drop-in activities include hands-on discovery stations and nature-themed scavenger hunts, and are aligned with badge requirements for Daisy Brownies and Juniors. Check website for more information.

COST: Separate fee and advance reservations are required. Check website for details.

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TOPIC(S): Nature & Environment

AUDIENCE(S): Teens (13-18 yrs) Children (5-12 yrs)

Compost Tea Workshop

Trees Atlanta
Saturday, 09/29/2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Workshop

During this class, our instructor will discuss the benefits of this soil amendment and go over the steps of making compost tea, then we’ll go outside for a hands-on tutorial! After class, you’ll have an opportunity to take home materials to make your own tea or 1 gallon jugs of compost tea

COST: Free with adv registration

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TOPIC(S): Nature & Environment

AUDIENCE(S): Adults

Take A Child Outside (TACO) Week: Nocturnal Creatures Night Hike

Blue Heron Nature Preserve
Saturday, 09/29/2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Public Event

In this family friendly event, we will play some games to practice using our other senses to help us at night and we will follow clues on our hike to learn about some of the nocturnal animals that live in the Preserve. We will finish our evening with a story told by candle light and a cookie in our hand!

COST: Children 4-12 $5 / Adults $10

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TOPIC(S): Nature & Environment

AUDIENCE(S): Families (kids & adults together)

Design for 3D Printing: Treasure Boxes

Museum of Design Atlanta
Saturday, 09/29/2018 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Workshop

Curious about how to design something that can be 3D printed? Need a place to hide stash your secret stuff? Join us for a class that will teach you how to use a simple CAD program to design an object to be 3D printed and how to prep your object for the printer. You can learn all this as you build a treasure box, embellish it, and design a locking mechanism.

This workshop is for children ages 7-13.

COST: $35 for MODA members / $40 Non-Members

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TOPIC(S): Visual and Performing Arts Technology

AUDIENCE(S): Children (5-12 yrs)

Fernbank Forest Bird Walk

Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Saturday, 09/29/2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Public Event

Join an Atlanta Audubon Society volunteer and discover more about the feathered inhabitants of Fernbank Forest, both permanent residents and visitors. This program is excellent for beginning birders or those desiring gentle terrain.

COST: Free with admission

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TOPIC(S): Nature & Environment

AUDIENCE(S): Families (kids & adults together) Teens (13-18 yrs) Adults

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Fernbank Forest Night Walk

Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Sunday, 09/30/2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Public Event

Join a Fernbank Museum scientist on a guided tour of WildWoods and Fernbank Forest to experience the unique world that awakens at dusk. Listen for signs of nocturnal wildlife, find organisms that glow and much more. A highlight of these special tours is the opportunity to explore the new limited-time outdoor experience, Woodland Spirits.

COST: Cost: $8 for members, $12 for non-members. Space is limited to 20 people and advance reservations are required at 404.929.6400.

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TOPIC(S): Nature & Environment

AUDIENCE(S): Families (kids & adults together) Teens (13-18 yrs)

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